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A Guatemalan national who was behind the wheel during a fatal traffic accident that killed an FBI agent and a fire marshal last year was ordered to pay a fine of only $280 last month for his role in the deadly crash.
Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, didn’t have to appear in court and will skip jail time after paying the fine June 25, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing court records.
Prosecutors determined Garza Palacios drove in a “careless and imprudent manner,” but his actions on the Maryland highway didn’t rise to the conditions needed for more serious charges, The Post reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
Garza Palacios was charged in May with negligent driving in the deaths in December of FBI agent Carlos Wolff, 36, and Maryland fire marshal Sander Cohen, 33.
Wolff had crashed his vehicle on Interstate 270, and Cohen stopped to help him. Garza Palacios drove up on the scene, swerved to avoid their vehicles and plowed into them on the shoulder. He told investigators that he didn’t see the men on the shoulder, The Washington Post reported.
“This case is about an unfortunate accident. Mr. Garza Palacios feels terrible about the situation,” Garza Palacios’ attorney, Asim A. Humayun, told the newspaper.
Garza Palacios was arrested by immigration officers for being unlawfully present in the U.S. after overstaying a work visa that expired in 2009, FOX5 DC reported in May.
Garza Palacios also had a criminal history. The report states that he had gotten in trouble for drunken driving in 2015, and had also served four months in jail for smashing the windows out of over a dozen cars. At that time, ICE had asked jail officials to put a hold on him, but the request was not honored.
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Family of Deputy fire marshal Sander Cohen and FBI agent Carlos Wolff are OUTRAGED the driver who crashed into them on 270 in December walked away with only a $280 fine – @ICEgov lodged a detainer on Roberto Garza Palacios in 2015 while he was in jail but he was released @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/vThUnX0gfA
— Anjali Hemphill (@AnjaliHemphill) July 9, 2018
#IllegalAlien Roberto Garza Palacios (28 Germantown) Kills 2 American Men (Sander Cohen & Carlos Wolff) & ONLY Gets $280. Fine. #SpecialTreatment NO CRIMINAL CHARGES. Preferential Treatment 4 NOTHING! #OutRagehttps://t.co/NY5qKLpVs2
— PeopleRuinEverything (@Skunky66613) July 9, 2018
Illegal immigrant kills FBI agent and fire marshal, gets only $280 fine, not required to show up in court https://t.co/SC74tSKoFa
Murderous illegal alien Roberto Garza Palacios gets away with it. Why did he have to ‘swerve’? Was he drunk? What was the judge thinking?
— Edward Jackson (@kc135topboom) July 8, 2018